Education in Hertfordshire

Hertfordshire is one of the most highly performing education authorities in England. Schools consistently achieve standards well above national averages. The county is committed to providing high-quality education and support for all children in every school and setting, from early years through to further education.

Hertfordshire was highlighted in the Ofsted Annual Report 2013/14: East of England, published in December 2014:

“Hertfordshire stands out in the region as performing substantially above regional and national levels on a wide range of indicators”, and “The percentage of good and outstanding schools in the county has risen from 77% in August 2013 to 83% in August 2014. Attainment for children and young people in Hertfordshire is in the top quartile nationally at most key stages and continues to improve in relation to the national figures."

The percentage of good and outstanding school Ofsted judgements is now 92.6% in March 2017. Good and outstanding Behaviour judgements in schools is firm at 97.1%.

So Hertfordshire is a great place to teach, and you can be confident that it is also a desirable place to bring up and educate your own children.

Hertfordshire has 525 publicly funded schools - some in rural settings, others in more urban areas - so there is plenty of choice when it comes to looking for a job or developing your career.

Herts for Learning

With 520 shareholder schools, Herts for Learning Ltd (HfL) is the UK’s largest schools’ company. HfL launched in September 2013 and 99% of schools in Hertfordshire now own a share in the company. HfL is a financially sustainable, not for profit business, dedicated to raising standards in teaching and reinvesting in children.

HfL provides flexible, high-quality teaching, learning, leadership and business support to schools and education settings in Hertfordshire and beyond. The company helps outstanding schools remain outstanding and good settings to become great. It has a strong track record of supporting schools in making rapid required improvements in the journey to good or better.

Through Herts for Learning and the Teaching School Alliances, Hertfordshire provides a comprehensive and full range of continuing professional development for newly qualified teachers (NQTs) through to headteachers. Together they offer fantastic career development opportunities for ambitious, talented individuals, in a beautiful and varied county bordering London.

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